It feels like Christmas?

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    Nov 23, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    In almost a month's time it will be Christmas again. I know some people dont enjoy it for whatever valid reasons and that its just a marketing ploy to sell crap...however!

    I have a simple question; what makes you feel like its Christmas?
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    Nov 23, 2010 8:06 PM GMT
    the_leo saidI have a simple question; what makes you feel like its Christmas?
    I have to wear ear plugs in the malls because of all the screaming babies.
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    Nov 23, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    Snow, and Charlie Brown Christmas music. I get the Christmas feeling usually a month after Christmas.
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    Nov 23, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    I'm from NY but I moved to the south US a while back, it is hard for it to feel like Christmas when the temp is in the high 70's and palm trees are swaying, but you get used to it and make it your own... And... I agree with the posters about the Charlie Brown Christmas, it is the greatest! I'm like a kid at Christmas. My fav time of the year.
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    Nov 23, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidFunny thing you say that Vic. My largest, most important dinner I do each year was last night and I played the Jazzy Charlie Brown Christmas CD in the cigar tent just past the dessert area.
    Some years my spirit comes late, but I got bit early on this year and have been in the mood ever since.


    Yeah, I think my roommate leaves tomorrow for a few days. Then I'll have the place to myself and, believe it or not, I may make myself a steak dinner (with a nice baked potato and sour cream) on Thanksgiving day, then pop out the CB Christmas CD. I eat Turkey sandwiches all week.

    Then I'll open a bottle of wine and celebrate! Don't worry about me being alone, I visit my sister and brother-in-law on Christmas. I prefer not to be with family.

    And you can read ALL about why in my newly published book, "Musings of a Dysfunctional Life." ;-)

    http://www.victorrook.com/musings
  • jgymnast733

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    Nov 23, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    Nothing sez christmas like a xmas bonus....
    I always go ice skating in central park, it reminds me of special memories shared between me and my dad always during the holidays..
    [i have a photo on my page of the rink we always went to]...
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    Nov 24, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    I guess I have to contribute too!
    Since it's summer around Christmas time, my family and I go to our beach house at the coast.
    We also bake huge batch of cookies to snack on during that time.
    Then my sister plays her Lonestar Christmas CD. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 24, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    SHOPPING!!!
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    Nov 24, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    the_leo saidI have a simple question; what makes you feel like its Christmas?

    When it's most like the Christmases I knew as a child in the US Northeast, cold & snowy. Here in warm South Florida it's just another sales event.

    We're considering a flight up to our friends' home in New Hampshire, where they're going for Christmas themselves. Then we won't have to decorate our own place at all, which looks ludicrous with a palm-tree backdrop, anyway.

    But, this TSA airport hassle could be an issue, I don't wanna go through that delay & humiliation. And driving a car over 3000 miles round-trip isn't very appealing, either. Nor are the train connections up there very attractive.

    So we dunno. Our Christmas might be here, a warm day like any other day, with some tinsel & crap put up. The Christmas celebration was a fairly recent northern European invention, and it really doesn't work anywhere else.
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    Nov 24, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    It's like -8 outside so that's always a good start
  • Hokenshi

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    Nov 24, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    My niece; shes only 2 but seeing her makes me think of Christmas. Probably because she lives back in the UK and I only get to see her at Christmas time.
    Christmas is a huge family affair, always has been, and so I'm really thankfuly for that.

    More supericial answer: Drinking Starbucks X'mas flavoured coffees from the red cups while they play christmas carols. Japan is really into the showy side of X'mas so it's beginning to feel very X'masy right now.

    I'm super excited about this year's Christmas.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Webster666

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    Nov 24, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    It never feels like Christmas, anymore.
    For quite a few years, my bunch of friends and I got together on Christmas day.
    Everybody would bring food and presents.
    It was way better than any biological family Christmas ever was.

    Then, the guy who was always the "spark" for all of our fun, moved away with his partner. Another friend started spending the holidays with his mother. After she passed away, he got a partner, and, now, they spend all the holidays with the partner's family.

    So, I play lots of Christmas music, get no presents, give no presents (except to my chiropractor and my barber and my mail man), and Christmas dinner is usually whatever I've got on hand. I do send out a few Christmas cards.

    Shrug...

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    Nov 25, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    Christmas decorations. We haven't had a tree in 4 years though, but I've never been huge on Christmas. When I was 5 years old my Kindergarten teacher called my mother in because I told her I hated Christmas. Ah, so telling of something 5 year-old me would do =)
  • disasterpiece

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    Nov 25, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    Catching a flu just before your final exams. Chrismas. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 25, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    the_leo saidIn almost a month's time it will be Christmas again. I know some people dont enjoy it for whatever valid reasons and that its just a marketing ploy to sell crap...however!

    I have a simple question; what makes you feel like its Christmas?


    The smells, the sounds, the bustle, the music on 106.7FM (they really should start playing christmas music from october 01), the clanking bells of the salvation army folks, the turkeys and hams in the stores, the decorations, the show windows of the department stores, the cold, black friday, white friday, the crowds, the gumpy folks, the bahumg folks,

  • baldone

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    Nov 25, 2010 3:08 PM GMT
    our radio station 106.5 has been playing christmas music about 3 weeks now
    its cold out, the smells in the house, pumpkin pies baking, getting the turkey ready to bake, have moved my living room furniture around for the tree in the front window....seeing all the decorations and lights in the stores
    just a great feeling inside....Christmas starts from the heart....and spills out from there
  • masculumpedes

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    Nov 25, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    Taking the whole week off from work...it's the only time of the year I get to do this icon_wink.gif
  • Hokenshi

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    Nov 26, 2010 8:29 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidIt never feels like Christmas, anymore.
    For quite a few years, my bunch of friends and I got together on Christmas day.
    Everybody would bring food and presents.
    It was way better than any biological family Christmas ever was.

    Then, the guy who was always the "spark" for all of our fun, moved away with his partner. Another friend started spending the holidays with his mother. After she passed away, he got a partner, and, now, they spend all the holidays with the partner's family.

    So, I play lots of Christmas music, get no presents, give no presents (except to my chiropractor and my barber and my mail man), and Christmas dinner is usually whatever I've got on hand. I do send out a few Christmas cards.

    Shrug...



    Man that sounds so bleak.
    I'm sorry your Christmas isn't Christmas anymore, you should find more people and get back into the swing of things. Christmas is GREAT!
  • drypin

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    Nov 26, 2010 8:33 AM GMT
    The first smell of snow in the air.
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    Nov 26, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    Candied Almonds. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 26, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    Hokenshi saidJapan is really into the showy side of X'mas so it's beginning to feel very X'masy right now.

    How would you explain that, given that Christmas has neither cultural nor religious roots in Japan? How do the Japanese rationalize this adoption of a Western Christian tradition that has no indigenous basis there? Or have they blended Christmas with their own older celebrations held during the same season, perhaps mostly for retailing reasons?

    I'm fascinated by Japanese history, art & culture, have even lectured on traditional Japanese domestic architecture. But like most in the US, I will never fully understand how the people think.
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    Yes, it's feeling like christmas.

    One of my faves:




    -Doug
  • Chunner

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    Nov 26, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Helping my parents decorate their house ( theirs is huge and where we have our family gatherings)
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 26, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    Not in Phoenix -- may be 80 degrees here today
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    cold weather
    Decorations
    My Mothers turkey & dressing
    Shopping